08/28/15 9:40am

APD badgeAs readers know, the Alexandria Police Department is investigating the robbery of a Dunkin Donuts store in the 4600 block of Duke Street in the Foxchase Shopping Center on Thursday, August 13.

Around 9:45 PM, two unknown men entered the store. The men brandished silver handguns, took cash from the register, and fled. There were no injuries.

The suspects were both described as black males, between 5’9” and 6’, in their 30s. One suspect was last seen wearing a white sleeveless shirt, a second white t-shirt around his neck, jeans, and a red baseball cap. The other suspect was last seen wearing a black t-shirt and jeans. He had a white t-shirt tied around his head and medium length dreadlocks. The suspects left the area in a medium to dark-colored sedan.

Anyone with information about this incident or who recognizes the suspect is asked to call Detective Christopher Perry at 703.746.6191.

08/27/15 4:51pm

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Securing Alexandria’s Future, a political action committee originally formed in 2012, has been reconstituted for the November 3, 2015 City election. For the 2012 election, SAF submitted a questionnaire to all of the candidates. The answers were analyzed, and a recommended slate of candidates was chosen and presented to the voters.

SAF will employ this same process for this November’s election. A survey has been prepared, and is currently being submitted to the candidates.

We are proud of our well-run city, its diverse neighborhoods and communities, the recognition it is getting nationwide, its accomplishments and its positive trajectory. We are fortunate to have so many talented and qualified candidates who are interested in serving, and believe that is vitally important that voters learn as much as possible about the positions advocated by each one. We would like to understand what the candidates “would do” moving forward instead what they “would not have done” in the past.

As we all know, there are important issues being discussed about the future of the city, and clear differences on these issues can be drawn from the candidates’ statements, writings, and comments. We will attempt to clarify those positions so that the voters will be more informed, and can make their decisions.

Securing Alexandria’s Future hopes to help facilitate that process and offer recommendations on those candidates whom we believe to be the most prepared to lead our city for the next three years.

Securing Alexandria’s Future will assure that candidates with the knowledge, ability, and passion to run a complicated City government are brought to the attention of Alexandria’s voters.

Securing Alexandria’s Future is a ad hoc committee made up of engaged and knowledgeable residents and many prominent local leaders. The list of members for the 2015 election will be posted before any information concerning support for candidates is posted.

For questions please email or call Luke Vaughn at (703)915-2705.

08/27/15 12:15pm

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08/27/15 11:51am

ACPSsquarelogoOn Monday, August 24, Alexandria City Public Schools selected an independent third party to assist ACPS in the work of redistricting elementary schools across the city.

J.R. Reingold & Associates Inc., a communications and community engagement consulting firm based in Alexandria, has promised a comprehensive and collaborative approach that will engage the community throughout the process.

Reingold will immediately begin working with ACPS staff to select a committee of parents and members of the public, called the Redistricting Review Committee, to work alongside the Redistricting Steering Committee, composed of School Board members and ACPS staff. Reingold will be responsible for proposing options for redistricting that will be deliberated on and assessed by the Redistricting Review Committee.

Applications for the Redistricting Review Committee have already been solicited and the public will be notified about those selected to serve on it by October 1.

“The Redistricting Steering Committee was particularly impressed with Reingold’s wealth of experience, track record working with neighboring school districts and their strong community engagement program. They presented a tailored plan that considered our outreach requirements in Alexandria City,” said Redistricting Steering Committee Chair and School Board Member Stephanie Kapsis.

Reingold has previously carried out redistricting work for Arlington and Washington, D.C., and is known for its development of online computer models that let the public try their own hand at redistricting.

“We stand ready to begin work immediately alongside the ACPS team. Our project team members will be full partners every step of the way. We have assembled an experienced team with the expertise and know-how to help ACPS realize its vision for a sustainable redistricting model,” said Reingold partner and Chief Operating Officer Kevin Miller.

The last time Alexandria City Public Schools changed school boundaries was in 1999. Since then, ACPS enrollment has grown by more than 3,200 students. Redistricting is needed because all but two elementary schools are at capacity and enrollment is projected to continue to grow over the next decade. Student enrollment is projected to rise by 4 percent, or 500 students, every year through 2030. Considerable numbers of students are currently transferred out of their neighborhood school and bussed to another school because of a lack of space.

The creation of optimal learning environments is one of the major components of the ACPS 2020 Strategic Plan.

“The School Board wants to make sure that changes to school districts are balanced against budget and capacity solutions and fit with the ACPS Strategic Plan. Most importantly, redistricting needs to contribute to a vision for academic excellence for our division. We look forward to working with Reingold and our community to accomplish this goal,” said School Board Chair Karen Graf.

Any boundary modification will take into account the Long Range Educational Facilities Plan findings. It will also include a review of existing policies related to student enrollment and assignment and an analysis of redistricting.

The School Board aims to ensure that the process surrounding the change of school boundaries, the timeline, activities and decision-making is clear and transparent. ACPS will post a full calendar of meetings after October 1.

The process will involve parent and community input through a variety of venues. The redistricting page on the ACPS website at www.acps.k12.va.us/redistricting/ will be regularly updated with news and information about the process, ways in which the public can get involved, and related School Board decisions.

08/27/15 11:43am

ACPSSuperintendent Alvin L. Crawley has selected Theresa A. Werner to be the Executive Director of Specialized Instruction for Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) beginning August 24, 2015. Werner was most recently an associate professor at George Mason University where she taught a variety of special education classes in the College of Education and Human Development.

“Ms. Werner brings outstanding skills and exceptional experience to ACPS, which will truly benefit our families and students,” said Crawley. “Her extensive knowledge of special education law is particularly valuable and will be an asset to our teachers and staff who work with students with special needs.”

From 2011-2014, Werner served as the director of outreach programs at the University of Washington’s College of Education in Seattle. She also held a similar position at George Mason University from 2004 to 2011 where she was a special education outreach coordinator responsible for developing and managing a wide variety of teacher training partnerships programs with school systems throughout the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Additionally, she designed a new master’s degree program and managed outreach partnerships with public schools, state programs and private agencies.

She also served as the director of special education and student services for Falls Church City Public Schools from 1996 to 2004. She was responsible for developing and implementing system-wide special education and student service programs, policies and procedures as well as supervising all related instructional staff.

Werner holds a law degree from the Catholic University of America School of Law, a Master in Education degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary and Special Education from Louisiana State University.

(Image courtesy ACPS)

08/27/15 11:36am

alexandria logoThe award-winning Energy Masters program, which trains volunteers in energy efficiency, water conservation, and community education and outreach, is expanding to Alexandria.

Alexandria joins program partners Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment (ACE), Arlington Thrive, and Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) in developing a corps of volunteers who, upon completion of an extensive training program, will engage in 40 hours of community service over the course of a year. Volunteers will provide education to Arlington and Alexandria residents who live in affordable housing, while making improvements to their homes.

Now in its fifth year, the program has trained more than 120 volunteers, who have provided thousands of hours of community service to improve the lives of more than 480 families living in affordable housing developments.

“I am very excited to see the expansion of the Energy Masters program to Alexandria,” said Mayor William D. Euille. “Through the work of volunteers, this program not only improves the comfort and quality of our assisted housing, but also helps the City meet environmental goals, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”

The program is accepting applications for community and student apprentice volunteers for the fall training program, which starts in September. The student apprentice program is open to college students and high school students ages 16 and over. Information is available at this link.

The program, created by ACE in partnership with VCE and Arlington Thrive, is funded with support from the Arlington County Community Development Fund, the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy, the Arlington County Department of Environmental Services and the City of Alexandria. Affordable housing and social services partners include AHC, Inc., the Arlington County Department of Human Services, and the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority.